Splatoon 2 producer talks about how the Switch Online paid service will impact the game, open to paid premium multiplayer content

When the Switch Online paid service goes live later this year, you'll have to pay to play Splatoon 2 online. Paying the $20 fee will grant you access to online play for Splatoon 2 for the entire year, but if you don't pay, you'll be left out in the cold. Does this mean we're about to see the player base for Splatoon 2 shrink in a major way? Producer Hisashi Nogami isn't too worried.

“We imagine it will have some sort of influence or effect by the addition of Nintendo Switch Online. [But] we want to use Nintendo Switch Online’s addition as a way to redouble our commitment to the community and reaffirm for them that we’re going to support this game more and more.”

Nogami's comments would seem to indicate that more content is going to hit Splatoon 2 to show fans that the game will continue to get support even after the paid online service launches. Could that mean there will be content made available that users will have to pony up some cash for?

“It’s not to say that there’s no possibility that we’ll ever consider releasing some paid premium multiplayer content. The main thing we want to maintain is this even playing field for players.”

Dataminers find unused "Eight-Ball" game mode in Splatoon 2

Yet another game mode that Nintendo is yet to implement in Splatoon 2, but the data for it has been found in Splatoon 2 by dataminers. Whether this actually gets implemented in game remains to be seen.

Splatoon 2 has Mexico to thank for its visual style, says series producer

Splatoon 2 is one of the most unique and vivid franchises that Nintendo has created. Ever wonder where the Big N took inspiration from? According to Splatoon producer Hisashi Nogami, the atmosphere of Mexico played a huge part.

Having Splatoon fans around the world is something we are very grateful for, especially in Mexico and Latin America. Something that is very interesting that they know is that the art director of Splatoon, Seita Inoue, grew up in Mexico and although he does not remember much, I think it’s fair to say that the experiences he had in Mexico ended up influencing Splatoon. I would love that knowing this, Latino fans who have not played Splatoon can explore and notice some of these influences.

IGN Video - Splatoon 2: Octo Expansion review

The new adventure features 80 missions starring Agent 8, a new character who awakens without her memories on a dark subway platform. Navigate the twisted depths in a battle to reach the surface of Inkopolis. Once you escape, you'll be able to join multiplayer* matches as an Octoling!

IGN Video: Splatoon 2 Octo Expansion - The First 13 Minutes

Check out the first 13 minutes of gameplay for Splatoon 2's single-player DLC: Octo Expansion.

Splatoon 2: Octo Expansion - A look at all the retro references

The Splatoon 2: Octo Expanasion is chock-full of retro references to games, hardware, electronics, and more. Now you can see every single reference and its origins in the gallery above. How many of these have you spotted?

Splatoon 2 - Pulp Vs. No Pulp Splatfest art

I'm all for letting people drink OJ in the style they want. That said, I will be fighting to my dying breath for team No Pulp. I want to DRINK my drink, not CHEW it and get it CAUGHT IN MY TEETH!

Splatoon 2's Pulp Vs. No Pulp Splatfest - Orange you glad it's almost here?

Off the Hook is getting ready for another big performance, and all Inklings are invited to a new Splatfest this weekend! Splatfests are festive times in the Splatoon™ 2 game where you can champion one of two special causes. Turf War wins during this time will help your side out and the winning side is determined by popularity, Solo Win percentage, and Team Win percentage.

The Splatfest will be:

6/22 (Fri) 9:00 p.m. PT – 6/23 (Sat) 9:00 p.m. PT

The question this time is all a matter of taste…literally! Do you prefer your orange juice with pulp or no pulp? Do you like it with puree or prefer it pure? We’d really like to know what you are peeling…err…feeling.

And if you want more info on the game, including info on how to buy the digital version, please visit https://splatoon.nintendo.com

Nintendo Account required. Online services and features, including online gameplay, are free until the paid Nintendo Switch Online Service launches in September 2018.

Splatoon 2: Octo Expansion - All chat room logs

We've completed every mission in the Splatoon 2 Octo Expansion and unlocked every conversation in the Chat Room between Pearl, Marina, and Cap'n Cuttlefish!

Splatoon 2: Octo Expansion - A look at all 80 Mem Cakes

We've completed every mission in the Splatoon 2 Octo Expansion and collected every Mem Cake! Check them all out and tell us your favorites!